Racial Equality, Slavery, and Colonial Secession during the Constituent Assembly

  title={Racial Equality, Slavery, and Colonial Secession during the Constituent Assembly},
  author={David P. Geggus},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
  • D. Geggus
  • Published 1 December 1989
  • History
  • The American Historical Review
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